Judge Sets Trial Dates for 2017 Homicide Case

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a 2017 homicide case to go to trial in 2022. 

Chad Hawthorne is charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 35-year-old Antonio Bassett on the 3900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, on May 22, 2017. 

During the March 2 trial readiness hearing, Judge Michael Ryan set the trial to begin on March 9 and end on March 18, 2022. Jury selection will take place on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2022. 

The prosecution is anticipating three to four witnesses, including two to three expert witnesses and two to three law enforcement officers. Defense attorney Steven R Kiersh said the defense may call five witnesses with one expert witness and three to four additional witnesses.  

The deadline for jury instruction requests, witness lists and exhibits is set for Feb. 1, 2022.

Hawthorne, 39, is also charged with possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction in this case.

This article was written by Vanessa Sousa.